New Year's Resolution Backup Plans

It may have sounded good at the time, but your New Year's resolution may be impossible to keep. Don’t ditch it completely; just go to plan B. Here is what we suggest.

Plan A: I will drink less, maybe only on special occasions
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Plan A: I will drink less, maybe only on special occasions

Plan B: A work party here, book group there, glass of wine with dinner, and—yikes, can it really be okay to drink more regularly than you floss? Maybe. Assuming you’re health permits it, drinking may be an overall health plus if it’s no more than three drinks per occasion, seven drinks total per week, notes Deidra Roach, M.D. In fact, it’s regularity that most correlates with heart health, so one drink daily is better for you than abstaining all week and cutting loose with three drinks Friday and Saturday nights.

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